Day: March 8, 2022

A “silly” actor conquers a deep, disturbing role

By now, we know Samuel L. Jackosn as a fun guy.
He’s does all those commercials, alone and with Spike Lee and Charles Barkley. He’s Nick Fury in Marvel shows; he hosts award shows for movies, sports and videogames. He does the cartoon voices of a dog, a dinosaur a superhero and more.
So it’s a detour to see him in “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” (shown here), which arrives Friday (March 11) on Apple TV+. Here is Jackson, 73, as a 93-year-old man, clinging to tiny shards of his memory. Was he able to retain his fun side?
“Yeah, I’m not a method actor,” he said. Between scenes, colleagues saw “how silly I can be.” Read more…

Best-bets for March 10: Be positive about this star’s funny show

1) “B Positive” season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS. One of TV’s best – and most undernoticed – comedies wraps its second season. As Gina, Annaleigh Ashford brings a Lucy-like touch, mixing intelligence with a random/vague outlook. On Broadway, Ashford has had two Tony nominations and a win (shown here); on TV, the Emmys and others have ignored her. This season, Gina bought the retirement home where she used to work; tonight, she considers selling it. Read more…